10 MUST-HAVE-X-MAS-PRESENTS | #01 | VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 2 BOOK

he guys, the next days before christmas i will tell you what i would put on my wish-list for santa claus when i were you. all this stuff i own myself and for this it is guaranteed life-time-gear approved. i will start with this fantastic books.

maybe you remember LTG post about VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 2 from july 2013. i was exalted about the book that i read it completely in 2 days. and believe me, this book just as HISTORY 1 is not only for PANERAI lovers. the stories about the KAMPFSCHWIMMER and their adventures and experiences during WWII are really fascinating and impressive. both books VINTAGE PANERAI HISTORY 1 and 2 are available at: www.vintagepanerai.com .

here some sentences from the authors VOLKER WIEGMANN and RALF EHLERS about these two fascinating books.

Watches with History – History 1: This book documents the stories of three german “Kampfschwimmer” units, their training in Italy and northern Germany, their missions at the eastern front in the last weeks of the 2nd world war, followed by the story of the commander of the italian submarine “Ambra” who delivered SLC and Gamma units to their target zones at the harbours of northern Africa. These four personal stories are building the columns of moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches, using latest extracts of the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches. The result of years of intensive research, diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 250 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and 30 illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history. 26 x 26 cm, 420 pages, trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket, slipcase.
Watches with History – History 2: History2 continues where History1 ends – the 2nd volume documents five previously unreleased stories of frogmen units of the 2nd world war. Their personal stories are building the columns of five moving chapters together with detailed views on their watches and instruments, using the latest extracts from the authors’ database of today existing vintage Panerai watches. Years of intensive research, diary extracts, interviews with the veterans, combined with more than 290 historical photos, maps, documents from allied secret services and illustrations are writing Panerai’s unique history, having been a supplier for an essential tool in dangerous underwater missions during the 2nd world war. 26 x 26 cm, 480 pages, trilingual (= german, italian and english language in one book), hardback jacket, slipcase. all pics by VOLKER WIEGMANN


LIFE TIME GEAR | FAVORITES #64 | VINTAGE PANERAI BOOKS – HISTORY1

YEAH – i got it. VOLKER WIEGMANN &  RALF EHLERS c/o vintagepanerai.com finished the production of their new book WATCHES WITH HISTORY – HISTORY1. it’s really hard to find the right words describing this wonderful 420 pages strong brilliant book. i always get excited when i take it to watch at. there are more than 250 historical photos, maps, documents – some of them top secret in the past –, a lot of informative vintage and new illustrations and alot of interesting stuff to read. i think this book is not only interesting for PANERISTI but although for people who are interested in submarines, the history of WWII and “german kampfschwimmer”. the book documents the stories of three of them, their training, the missions. the fourth story is about the commander of the italian submarine “AMBRA”. all stories are very personal and exciting. you can find a lot of more information at vintagepanerai.com. and the best: there you can order the book, but hurry up before it is sold out! i think the first book of WIEGMANN / EHLERS is sold out. whatever?! i got all of them – yep. bad pics | LTG



RON WELLDON x LIFE TIME GEAR | LIVING IN A SMALL WORLD

this is something straight from the heart! this something about why doing a blog is often so great!

on the 5th of april 2011 i did a post about the upcoming bike film “CLOSER TO THE EDGE”, a documentary about the TOURIST TROPHY on the ISLE OF MAN. my buddy VOLKER WIEGMANN from great blog  www.vintagepanerai.com send this post to his friend RON because he lives on the ISLE OF MAN. RON isn’t only a great PANERAI fan but also very interested in boots, denim and all the other things we love. so he is a visitor of LIFE TIME GEAR from this day on. and what a surprise he send me an awesome ISLE OF MAN TT 2011 100 anniversary shirt. we got in contact and i wanted to do a post about RON and the little story we had together, but then something worst happend: i lost all my email data and much more in big computer crash. about this the post got forgoten – shame about me! but this year we met again @ the RED WING OWNERS CLUB site on FACEBOOK and so i contacted OLVER WENKEL another buddy of RON, VOLKER and me and i asked him meeky if he could ask RON for resending me the mail stuff from 2011, and he did. there wasn’t any problem. and now the post is written … here the trailer of CLOSER TO THE EDGE and some great pics done by RON. and RON, what’s about your boot collection? send me some pics to do a nice portrait of you and your boots – you’re welcome! pics | RON WELLDON, LTG _ vid | cinemanx 

the TT 2012 will be from the 26TH of may till the 8TH of june. for more information check the official TT site.

this is RON … his PAM and his arm …

the shirt … my shirt …

pics from TT2011 by RON

VINTAGE PANERAI | 3646 / Type D KAMPFSCHWIMMER ON AUCTION

finding an interesting post at VINTAGE PANERAI about a 3646 / TYPE D “KAMPFSCHWIMMER” watch i checked the site where this beautiful historic piece is on auction. to get some more informations and to take a little look at the price. heart attack! it will be between 45.000 and 55.000 EUROS. and now some facts from the auctioneer DR. H. CROTT:
A German Navy diver’s important wristwatch – only 39 watches of this kind are known today and only four of them have an unsigned “attack diver” dial like the watch at hand. This watch has never been offered at an auction before., Case: steel,  screw back with military engraving: “Kampf-Schwimmer Marine KD 1945”,  “Brevet Plus” winding crown,  short part of the original leather bracelet and original buckle. Dial: black,  luminous Arabic numerals/indexes,  luminous baton hands. Movm.: bridge movement,  cal. “Cortebert 16”,  nickel-plated,  “fausses côtes” decoration,  chatoned,  17 jewels,  polished screws,  monometallic screw balance,  ruby endstone on balance and escape wheel., Radiomir Panerai, In 1942,  720 of these diver’s wristwatches – which were exceptional for the time – were produced; the complete edition was delivered to the German and Italian army which supplied its combat divers with these watches., Source: Rolex Uhren GmbH Köln, Because of the 1914 invention of the luminous material “Radiomir” – a mix of zinc sulfide and radium bromide – the Panerai dials could be read well at night and in deep water. Panerai made use of this advantage in his watches and was commissioned to produce the first diver’s wristwatches,  called “Radiomir”. The first prototypes were still produced at Rolex,  the later watches and their cases were produced at Panerai according to Oyster standards. In 1936 the Panerai Radiomir became a part of the secret naval equipment., Source: “Armbanduhren Klassik Katalog”,  Koenigswinter 2005,  page 146., With the kind support of Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann,  www.vintagepanerai.com. the highly recommended website for vintage Panerai watches., 33090 G/C: 2,  5,  11,  40 Z/D: 2 W/M: 2,  8,  41,  51, 45.000 – 55.000 €, 61.700 – 75.400 $, 481.500 – 588.500 HK$”


beside, the guys from VINTAGE PANERAI are doing a new 420 page book: “WATCHES WITH HISTORY“. VOLKER WIEGMANN showed me exclusively a comprehensive preview of their 3rd book: AWESOME. a-must-have again. check their site frequently to be updated! pics | Auktionen Dr. H. Crott